North Carolina Practice Embraces the Past and Looks to the Future

By Sydney Scott, Contributing Editor
Thursday, July 27, 2017 10:58 AM WAYNESVILLE, N.C.—This month, Haywood Family Eye Care celebrated 62 years of business. Located on Main Street in the quaint town of Waynesville, the practice has served Haywood County for generations and, despite changing hands throughout the years, has managed to keep up with the times without sacrificing its heritage.

10 Key Points to Avoid Employment Application Mistakes

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Monday, July 10, 2017 3:22 PM

NEW YORK—Employment applications are the “necessary evil” all employers must have as a part of their talent acquisition process. While seemingly innocuous, they can easily contain unlawful inquiries that can create unintended consequences for companies.

AI as a Tool, Not a Threat, to Eyecare and Society

By Jamie Wilson and Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor
Monday, April 24, 2017 12:29 AM The Vision Monday Summit kicked off with Session One: “Insight, Integration and Investment” starring Hilary Mason, founder and CEO of Fast Forward Labs, a data research company that helps organizations utilize their data science and machine intelligence capabilities.

Seeing Eye to AI: Sharing Data to Improve Ophthalmic Care

By Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor
Monday, April 24, 2017 12:25 AM Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO, chief clinical editor at Review of Optometry, quickly guided the audience into Session Four: “A-Eye: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Eyecare,” immediately introducing ways in which artificial intelligence can directly enhance the ophthalmic profession.

New Sun Lenses That Make Colors Pop

By Catherine Wolinksi, Contributing Editor
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:45 AM They say there’s nothing new under the sun, but sunwear-savvy optical businesses selling color enhancing lenses are beginning to see things a bit differently. The emerging trend of color enhancing sunwear goes beyond tints and mirrors to proprietary technologies that are specific, scientific amplifiers of visual experience, from boosting colors of everyday outdoor stimuli to improving performance for sports and various activities.

New Options for Putting the ‘I’ in Eyewear

By Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:30 AM For many consumers, the term “custom-made” evokes images of an old world tailor or wooden last-wielding shoe cobbler. These days, though, most shoppers get their clothing and accessories from a combination of mass-market retailers, national and regional chain stores, or even small and independent boutiques, of which most don’t carry items that are fit to our exact contours.

IRS Sets Earlier W-2 Filing Deadline for All Employers

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:05 PM NEW YORK—The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding employers that the annual deadline for filing copies of employees' Form W-2 with the Social Security Administration (SSA) has been moved to Jan. 31. In the past, employers typically had until the end of February if filing on paper, or the end of March if filing electronically, to submit copies of these forms to the government.

Saving Boomers' Sight


Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor

Monday, October 17, 2016 12:30 AM In the U.S. alone, millions of Boomers suffer from dry eye, macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, intraocular lenses, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. In this article, the last in Vision Monday’s three-part series about Boomer vision, titled Senior-Eyetis, eyecare professionals explain how they are treat Boomers who are fighting these potentially-blinding eye diseases and ocular conditions.

The Changing Face of Dry Eye

By Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor
Monday, October 17, 2016 12:29 AM NEW YORK—The face of dry eye is changing. A recent study titled the “National Eye CARE (Current Attitudes Related to Eye Health) Survey,” conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company whose therapeutic areas include dry eye disease (DED), surveyed 1,015 optometrists and ophthalmologists and 1,210 U.S. adults with dry eye symptoms. The results—scheduled to be announced at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in Chicago on October 17—were real eye-openers.

Voting Leave Laws Vary Significantly From State to State

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:05 PM NEW YORK—As the presidential election draws near, employers may be wondering how to handle requests for time off to vote on Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. While there is no federal law that entitles workers to time off, many states offer voting leave to employees in certain circumstances.

A 6 Percent Increase in Health Care Premiums Expected for 2017

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:05 AM

NEW YORK—Health care benefit cost increases at large U.S. employers are expected to hold steady at 6 percent in 2017. The good news is that health premiums are not growing at a faster rate year after year, as they were a decade ago. The bad news is that the increase in health plan costs still outpaces general inflation in the U.S., which remains below 2 percent, and salary budget increases, which are holding at roughly 3 percent.

Employers Face Stiffer Fines for Not Reporting Severe Job Injuries

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:10 AM NEW YORK—Employers are facing higher penalties for failing to report severe injuries and illnesses under a revised policy issued by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Study Educates ECPs on Blue Light’s Effects

By Jennifer Waller, Contributing Editor
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 2:32 AM
Blue light is a hot topic, and there has been much discussion in optical about its effects. In an effort to educate eyecare professionals on the beneficial effects of blue light, Spy Optic sponsored an ECP market research study on blue light conducted by Jobson Optical Research and a continuing education course, both free of charge.

Blue light management is at the heart of Spy’s objectives. The company started leveraging the beneficial power of the sun’s long-wave blue light in 2013 when it first launched the Happy Lens and continues to lead the way when it comes to using this proprietary lens technology in its eyewear products. The key feature of the color and contrast enhancing Happy Lens is that it protects the eyes against harmful shortwave blue light and UV rays, while letting in benefcial long-wave blue light, which studies show can result in uplifted mood and alertness. Spy’s goal is to demystify the belief that all blue light is bad for you and bring attention to the fact that the right blue light can do wonders for your overall well-being.

Jim Sepanek, executive vice president of Spy Optic, said, “Spy is happy to sponsor the study and the CE course as we endeavor to learn more and share information about the field of blue light management and more importantly, the happy side of blue light.” Being educated on long-wave blue light is a positive first step toward healthier vision. To download your complimentary copy of the ECP Blue Light research study (available at no charge until Sept. 30, regularly $199), go to

Getting Boomers on the Right Wavelength

By Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor
Monday, September 12, 2016 12:45 AM The old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” became obsolete with the Baby Boomer generation. In a population that has experienced the shift from typewriters to computers, landlines to cell phones, and anything from phones, cameras, computers and assistants to all-encompassing mobile devices, advancements and major lifestyle changes are commonplace.


By Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor
Sunday, August 28, 2016 11:20 PM Aging is full of little surprises. One morning, a stiff knee. On a quiet evening, trouble hearing a family member’s question across the dinner table. And perhaps, after two or three strained drives home from work, the realization that you can’t see the highway quite as clearly as you used to, and the glare from those oncoming LED high-beams leaves you in a deer-in-the-headlights daze for a moment too long.